Was just having a quick look at The Guardian website (like you do) and came across an article:
hope the link works never done one before!
Don't get me wrong, I hate taking meds, I'm on Pregablin and Duloxetine for nerve pain with Co-Codamol 500/8 two four times a day, sometimes an extra 15 mgs Codeine Phosphate if the pain is really bad. I've tried Oramorph and Fentynal patches but they did nothing. I practice Mindfulnes, relaxation, Alexander Technique, and various self help stuff including exercise. But although my Co-Codamol is low strength I get relief from it, and fear I would be pretty dysfunctional without it. Psychologically I feel dependent and worry that along with many other chronic pain sufferers my GP who is wonderfully supportive may come under pressure to stop prescribing!
Hope I'm not being alarmist, but thought I'd flag up what's in the news.
Warmest wishes Everyone xxx